Saturday, September 13, 2014

Season of Colour


This week I've been noticing colours, mostly seasonal colours as this time of year produces such rich, glossy colours, here are just some of the things I've recorded as I've been on my walks this week.


but first I want to share this photo I took a couple of weeks ago of a squirrel in our garden with a shiny, copper brown conker that it had just stripped of its outer layer.  It was fascinating watching the little creature with its prize - it ran off with the conker no doubt to cache it away for darker, colder winter weather.

 Lovely orange colours above and below in the gardens at Haddon Hall last Sunday where we went to listen to a performance by Piva in the great hall.

On Thursday we walked at Tittesworth, near Leek.  The reservoir was very low after all the exceptionally dry weather we've been experiencing over the last few weeks.

I can't remember what the plant above is called but it was very colourful with its dark red leaves and black berries.

The soft, gossamer seeds of the Willow herbs were lining the paths and drifting around in the slight breeze.

 This morning we walked around Trentham Gardens and lakeside.  Above - a Dahlia in The Secret Garden - one of the small show gardens in the grounds.

 Along the path we saw huge glossy red rose hips

 More conkers on a Horse Chestnut tree

 Sweet, juicy blackberries

and leaves changing colour

on some of the trees

Not quite so colourful but very seasonal and interesting were the different fungi we found on the forest floor.
 
A final burst of seasonal colour on the kitchen table - a bunch of cheerful red asters from the supermarket.

18 comments:

  1. Love the colours you've shared with us today. Enjoy them while we can.

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    1. Thank you, John - even though I'm sad to see summer go the rich colours of this season make it bearable and yes, we must enjoy them whilst we can:)

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  2. I have such mixed feelings about autumn. But I do love the colours.

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    1. Me too. Always sad to see summer go but I love the autumn for its colours:)

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  3. So beautiful!!! I love your squirrel especially. X

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    1. He or she is very cute. Thanks Kezzie:)

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  4. Lovely collection of photos - and some nice places you've visited too :)

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    1. We've had three lovely trips out this week plus a local walk around Trentham. The weather has been wonderful:)

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  5. Very pretty. I've been noticing changes in the leaves this last couple of weeks. Autumn is starting for sure.

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    1. We've been so lucky with the weather. I dread winter coming but always enjoy autumn and all it has to offer:)

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  6. I enjoyed your images of the changing season that you noticed on you recent walks. I'm sure you had a lovely time at Haddon Hall which is always a joy to visit in any season.

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    1. Thanks Linda. Haddon was beautiful as always and Piva very entertaining in such a lovely setting:)

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  7. Lovely colors of autumn, I'm so looking forward to its arrival, still too warm and summery here for me.

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    1. Thanks, Janet - we've had some lovely days here over the last week or two sunny, dry and not too warm. Hope your weather cools a little soon:)

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  8. What beautiful Autumnal shades Rosie - you have captured them so well. LOVE the squirrel xxx

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    1. Thanks, Diane - although I mourn for the loss of summer I do love the russett and copper shades of autumn. Squirrel is fab isn't it - taken through our upstairs window too so I didn't disturb it:)

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  9. Sounds like you have had some good trips - autumn is always lovely with the trees starting to turn and the last of the flowers. What a cheeky squirrel - lovely picture of him.

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    1. We have had one or two lovely outings but have mostly been in tidying up the garden. I love the squirrel:)

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